Statewide Natural Resources News

The Independent Northwest flood control construction will be completed this year    By Robert Pore


Nebraska.TV CPNRD works with farmers to protect water quality and quantity  by Steve White    Thursday, February 8th 2018


Star Herald  NRD director John Berge to speak at Brazil’s World Water Forum JERRY PURVIS Staff Reporter   Feb 15, 2018 Updated 3 hrs ago


Kearney Hub Gosper County FSA’s possible closing has Tri-Basin concerned  By LORI POTTER Hub Staff Writer  Feb 14, 2018


Julesburg Advocate Sidney High School Takes Top Honors at Western Region Envirothon Contest  POSTED:   02/16/2018


North Platte Telegraph Risk Management members to get refund   Telegraph staff report  Feb 15, 2018


Citizen Tribune Bostelman: Testimony on broadband, speed limit   Feb 14, 2018




North Platte Telegraph Groene: Bill on NCORPE rights ‘closes Pandora’s box’  By JOB VIGIL Feb 6, 2018


McCook Gazette State Sen. Dan Hughes  Dist. 44 news  N-CORPE in the spotlight again  Thursday, February 15, 2018


North Platte Telegraph A quick look at legislative bills of regional interest By MIKE GROENE   Feb 15, 2018


KNOP News 2  Legislative action important to Lincoln County, Part  By Benjamin A. Schoenkin | Thu 11:46 PM, Feb 08, 2018

Kearney Hub
2018 NAYI applications due April 15 for students    Published Feb 10, 2018


Omaha World Herald Papio-Missouri NRD adopts new groundwater plan limiting nonorganic fertilizer  By Andrew J. Nelson / World-Herald staff writer   Feb 12, 2018


North Platte Telegraph NPPS graduate to be a guiding light of new agricultural program  By JOB VIGIL


Enterprise Publications PMRNRD board approves updated groundwater management plan  By Teresa Hoffman   Feb 13, 2018


Omaha World Herald Editorial: Papio NRD works with ag, offers sound plan to address nitrate concern for water quality (OWH, 2-13-18)  World-Herald editorial


Video Full interview with attorney representing N-Corpe


KNOP News Lincoln County water project center of Legislative Hearing  By Jacque Harms | Feb 08, 2018


Civil Eats: No-Till Farmers’ Push for Healthy Soils Ignites a Movement in the Plains  By Twilight Greenaway 02/13/18
Jimmy Emmons isn’t the kind of farmer you might expect to talk for over an hour about rebuilding an ecosystem. And yet, on a recent Wednesday in January, before a group of around 800 farmers, that’s exactly what he did.

Corn and Soybean Digest: Rye cover crop impact on nitrogen leaching and corn yield  By Natalie Ricks and Fabián Fernández  02/12/18
A recent study from the University of Minnesota, with support from Pope County SWCD and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, evaluated the use of winter rye as a cover crop in corn production. Early results show that a rye cover crop can help reduce nitrogen leaching in a corn after soybean rotation by 45 percent.

The Eagle: Texas A&M experts say extended drought could bring fire risk, agricultural impact  By Rebecca Fiedler 02/11/18
The drought that has plagued Texas since Hurricane Harvey drenched most of the state has raised fire risks and could eventually cause agriculture to take a hard hit. About 65 percent of the state is experiencing a drought.

ABC News: Drought-stricken Texans turn to cows to save their farms By Ginger Zee, David Miller, Kelly Harold, Olivia Smith and Andrea Miller  02/06/18
That diversity of grass has kept Taggart’s soil healthy even as Texas faces droughts. The grasses’ ability to hold on to water when it rains has helped keep his farm healthy. Soil health is crucial to a successful farm, no matter if the cattle is grain-fed or grass-fed.

Des Moines Register: Key achievement or drop in bucket? What $282 million water quality bill means for Iowans  By Brianne Pfannenstiel and Donnelle Eller  01/27/18
The $282 million water quality bill represents a clear win for Gov. Kim Reynolds, who promised quick action on water quality this session. For farmers, it means about $150 million in new funding for cover crops, bioreactors and saturated buffers as they seek to curb the high levels of nitrates and phosphorous entering Iowa’s waterways.

Bloomberg: Drought Across U.S. Reaches Highest Levels Since 2014  By Brian K Sullivan  02/07/18
Drought, which has left winter wheat struggling across the Great Plains, expanded to cover 38.4 percent of the contiguous U.S., the most since May 2014.

Western FarmPress: Cover crops nutritious forage for bees  By Cecilia Parsons  02/14/18
Billy Synk at Seeds for Bees says planting cover crops in or near almond orchards to provide supplemental forage for bees is a growing trend. Depending on the year and the location, around 6,000 acres are planted annually with cover crop seeds provided at no charge to growers.

The Sacramento Bee: Why California is freaking out over this invasive giant swamp rodent  By Ryan Sabalow  02/09/18
A giant invasive swamp rodent known for destroying wetland habitats and damaging levees has invaded the West Coast’s largest estuary that sits on Sacramento’s doorstep. The fear is that if the voracious, burrowing plant eaters set up a sustaining population it could mean bad news for the fragile Delta ecosystem and its network of levees, which are vital to flood control and delivering water to farms and cities across the southern half of the state.

IndyStar: Indiana’s forests are in danger, and the threat: You  By Sarah Howman  02/12/18
It’s the private forests at stake. Considering that nearly 85 percent — or 4.1 million acres — of Indiana’s forests are privately owned, that’s worrisome. As invasive species run rampant and hundreds of thousands of acres are expected to transfer hands in the coming years, experts fear for the future of Indiana’s forests.

Reno Gazette Journal: Suit tries to block roundup of nearly 10,000 Nevada mustangs  By Scott Sonner  01/29/18
Animal rights activists are suing to block what they say is an unprecedented federal plan to capture thousands of wild horses over 10 years in Nevada. BLM District Manager Jill Silvey says the gathers are needed to protect the rangeland from overgrazing in an area that has 10 times more mustangs than the land can sustain.

ABC News: Turning to beet juice and beer to address road salt danger  By Michael Casey  01/29/18
Looking to strike a balance between ice-free roads and clean waterways, public works departments around the country are working to cut their salt use in winter by slathering the roadways with beet juice, molasses and even beer waste to make them safer.

Chicago Tribune: Southern California’s brief escape from drought ends  By Ellen Knickmeyer and Rich Pedroncelli  02/04/18
California’s brief escape from severe drought ended Thursday after scientists declared more than 40 percent of the state in moderate drought and water officials confirmed lower-than-normal snowpack in the Sierra Nevada.

Omaha World-Herald: Iowan Bill Northey’s USDA nomination remains blocked by Ted Cruz  By Joseph Morton  02/07/18
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, tried Wednesday to advance Bill Northey’s nomination to be an undersecretary of agriculture only to once again run up against Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. Cruz has blocked the Iowa agriculture secretary’s nomination to the federal level for months now.

Fox News: USDA announces $17.5 million to fight invasive species  By Associated Press  02/08/18
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced $17.5 million in emergency funding to fight the spread of the spotted lanternfly in Pennsylvania.

U.S. News and World Report: Governor Says Drought Requires More Wildfire Prevention Cash  By Associated Press  02/08/18
An exceptionally dry winter has prompted Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to ask the Legislature to boost funding for fire prevention efforts in the coming budget year. Rainfall this winter is the 4th lowest on record in Phoenix, and the U.S. Drought Monitor shows the entire state is in drought.

SunHerald: This one kind of tree threatens South Mississippi forests  By Kat Bergeron  02/04/18
Never has one imported tree so threatened the forests and coastal plains of Mississippi. It’s a fast-reproducing tree that is changing the native landscape, especially in the South where at least nine states are now badly infected.


Nebraska Proposal To Tax Irrigation Water Meeting A Torrent Of Resistance  By Linda Wuebben P&D Correspondent  Feb 7, 2018


Lawmakers Wrestle With Water, Tax Issues Fred Knapp, NET News


Water allocations effect local farms and ranches


Seminar discusses shifts in the US Corn Belt


BREWER: Natural resource districts and property taxes  Sen. Tom Brewer 43rd District  Jan 31, 2018


Reviews Bills Related to Augmentation Projects, Taxes  By LORI POTTER   Hub Staff Writer  Jan 26, 2018


Two bills could ease tax loss from NCORPE  Jan 28, 2018


Creighton, Lyons men are legislative candidates  By KENT WARNEKE  Jan 27, 2018


UPCOMING “HEALTHY FARMS CONFERENCE” CONNECTS FOODIES WITH FARMERS  BY Natural Resources Conservation District | January 31, 2018


Nebraska won’t go any further than new EPA rules on soybean herbicide dicamba  By Barbara Soderlin World-Herald staff writer  Jan 30, 2018


Proposal to remove wind power’s ‘renewable’ designation in Nebraska stirs up debate at Capitol  By Cole Epley World-Herald Bureau


Water conservation of Platte, Republican major topic at South Central Water Conference


Learn future of Nebraska fisheries management at public informational meetings  Jan 29, 2018


Cape Town suffers major water rationing

Costco reps talk environmental safeguards at NRD Legislative Conference-  Colin Larson Fremont Tribune  Jan 24, 2018


Republican River Tax Proposal Bogs Down; Pipeline Bill Withdrawn   by Fred Knapp, NET News


Alcohol, drought dominate NRD meeting   By MIKE BUHLER


Conservation officers honored at Nebraska Game and Parks meeting  By David Hendee / World-Herald staff writer   Jan 20, 2018


City’s levees to be evaluated by Amanda Woita    Jan 24, 2018


Al Dutcher to speak at CPNRD Water Programs Update Feb. 7   Jan 20, 2018


Bloomfield farmer files for legislative seat   By KENT WARNEKE   Jan 20, 2018


Jerry Kenny remembered as peacemaker on Platte River habitat efforts   By LORI POTTER Hub Staff Writer   Jan 19, 2018


LRNRD board OKs steps for Platte diversion  By Lori Potter BH Media News Service   Jan 13, 2018

Lower Republican board also OK’s Platte-Republican Diversion Project steps  By LORI POTTER   Jan 12, 2018 Updated Jan 12, 2018


LLNRD South Loup Watershed Plan gets approval    Jan 16, 2018


Bids to raise levees protecting Offutt may be requested sometime this fall   By Eugene Curtin  BH News Service Jan 17, 2018


Gerald ‘Jerry’ Dillman   Jan 14, 2018


Lawns need green consideration too   By Sam Farmer


TransCanada says it has secured enough customers to proceed with Keystone XL pipeline

TransCanada Chief Executive Russ Girling at the White House last year. (Mandel Ngan / AFP-Getty Images)   Keith Schneider


NRDs, volunteers, inmates among legislation  Thursday, January 18, 2018


Nebraska population trends shared at luncheon    By JERRY GUENTHER


School of Natural Resources, Nebraska Water Center host irrigation lecture series  Staff   Jan. 16, 2018




The Public Pulse: Red tape and regulations are strangling our economy.


Conservation in Nebraska: ‘Our Hope Is For People to Think of This as Not Just Flyover Country’

Sunset on Watson’s Ranch, a few miles north of Scottsbluff, NE Ed Bailey / AP


Editorial: Nebraska has some strong roots – 12 feet down   World-Herald editorial     Jan 13, 2018 Updated Jan 17, 2018—-feet/article_e40ac3af-2208-54c1-bc87-8f6fbbf1730c.html

Water fight between Florida, Georgia lands at Supreme Court (LJS, 1-07-18)

No plans yet for space vacated at Northeast’s Lifelong Learning Center


Lower Republican board also OK’s Platte-Republican Diversion Project steps  By LORI POTTER Hub Staff Writer


Planning advances for project to divert Platte water to Rep River   By LORI POTTER  Hub Staff Writer   Jan 11, 2018


Senator makes false claims about organization.  Friday, January 12, 2018


Process slows levees repairs  By Eugene Curtin / Leader Associate Editor


NASA finds easy-to-access water all over Mars. This could be a game-charger for future Mars missions. Steve Dent, @stevetdent


Will Cape Town be the first city to run out of water?  By Gabriella MulliganTechnology of Business reporter


Mead waiting on water test results  By Sam Farmer


Ricketts comments on NCORPE  By JOB VIGIL     Jan 11, 2018


Central Platte Natural Resources District opposes proposed Water Sustainability Fund eligibility rule change   Jan 3, 2018


Prepare for ice jam flooding along Platte River  by KHGI    Saturday, December 23rd, 2017


With hep of greenhouse, North Platte NRD envisions citrus crop By Steve Frederick / Scottsbluff Star Herald         Dec 24, 2017


North Platte NRD plans geothermal greenhouse    TEVE FREDERICK S  cottsbluff Star Herald


STINNER: Budget among top priorities during Legislative session    SEN. JOHN STINNER


State Sen. Stinner ready for busy legislative session    JERRY PURVIS Staff Reporter  Jan 2, 2018


CPNRD opposes proposed Water Sustainability Fund rule change     Dec 25, 2017


Bostelman taps budget, property tax reform as top priorities    By Sam Farmer    Jan 3, 2018


Signups for water leasing exceed 2,000 acres    By LORI POTTER    Hub Staff Writer    Jan 1, 2018 Updated Jan 3, 2018


Republican River Compact survives legal challenge    By Joe Duggan / World-Herald Bureau    Dec 23, 2017


Advanced prescribed burn training to take place Jan. 22-23    Dec 30, 2017

Water and Climate Program to target government officials


Two Republican Basin water projects get boost from state panel- Andy Raun


LBNRD OKs stay on new groundwater uses in northwestern Adams County- Andy Raun


LRNRD report: Irrigated crops used less than 7 inches per acre in 2017- By LORI POTTER, Hub Staff Writer  Dec 15, 2017


Groups in Lincoln want to create tallgrass corridor- By PETER SALTER Lincoln Journal Star   Dec 16, 2017




Environmental plan for Lincoln, prairie corridor agreements approved- NANCY HICKS Lincoln Journal Star  Dec 19, 2017


Below is a link to a you tube video that was put together by NRCS for the National Watershed Coalition on the Nemaha NRD’s flood Control Program.


NATURAL RESOURCES DISTRICTS NOW TAKING TREE AND SHRUB SEEDLING ORDERS BY NRD | December 6, 2017,+nebraska&rlz=1C1GGRV_enUS751US751&source=lnms&tbm=nws&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjn87jO4PrXAhUFGt8KHSMhC14Q_AUICygC&biw=1536&bih=779


Competition allows ag producers to try new technologies, methods   Dec 7, 2017    By Haley Apel   IANR Media


‘This is something special’ — City and others partner to build 10-mile trail, tallgrass corridor   PETER SALTER Lincoln Journal Star   Dec 7, 2017—-city-and-others/article_8f9613cc-2d87-5dd8-b759-a44e6c3d3cc8.html


Jim Bendfeldt: Respecting Ogallala Aquifer- Midlands Voices   Nov 24, 2017 Updated 11 hrs ago


Local View: Nebraska has strong protections for Ogallala Aquifer- KAREN AMEN AND JIM GOEKE Nov 27, 2017  (0)


A first-hand look at infrastructure, those it affects- Wednesday, November 8, 2017


Put N-CORPE land back on tax rolls, back to work- Wednesday, November 22, 2017


Papio-Missouri NRD updating groundwater plan for first time in more than 20 years- By Andrew J. Nelson / World-Herald staff writer Nov 27, 2017


Platte-Republican diversion seeks beneficial use for water headed out of Nebraska- JOHN THORBURN  Soils & Streams   Nov 25, 2017


South Platte NRD Recognizes 2017 District Conservation Award Winners


County has paid fair share in NCORPE- By DEWEY SCHAFFER    Nov 25, 2017


Editorial: Cooperation needed on water quality to aid Midlands agriculture,  World-Herald editorial 9 hrs ago


MoPac trail project could bring more bike traffic through Eagle- Michael Wunder




Marin anti-Keystone pipeline activists applaud legal victory